There is an intriguing little experiment underway at the moment in Australian politics, far more interesting than the quagmire currently dressed up as a new paradigm.
The press are hardly blameless, but is the standard of reporting really deteriorating faster than the politics it’s covering?
For the independents, the ‘new paradigm’ is not based on whether the major parties come together. The ‘new paradigm’ is that it is irrelevant whether they do or not.
They have the major parties just where they want them, and they ain’t letting them go.
This is not about the electorate, but keeping the independents as long as possible in their current position of taking advantage of the weakness of our decaying two party system.